Attention Kombrig Smirnoff and Zampolit Volkov-
In the greater interest of the state, I do respectfully question the outlay of men and materiel to recover the gold being stolen by the capitalists. Although I am obviously not permitted to know the value of such quantities of precious metals and have not been trained in the mathematics required, there is also value to lost armored vehicles, RPGs, AK-47s, and the cost of training replacement comrade soldiers.
Please do not take this as a refusal to follow orders. My men and I will continue to give 100.... no, 150%...to achieve victory and recover the gold.